Coffee vs. Cancer: 6 Studies that Show How Your Daily Coffee Habit Can Be a Life Saver

By Muk Eun Ji / a couple of weeks ago

Your daily coffee habit does not only help you concentrate on tasks at hand, it also promotes good health. And that’s not a marketing ploy, by the way. Here are five scientific studies that tell you about the amazing health benefits of coffee.

Caffeinated Coffee May Help Lower Oral Cancer Risk

The paper, “Coffee, Tea, and Fatal Oral/Pharyngeal Cancer in a Large Prospective US Cohort,” which was published in a 2012 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, detailed the findings of a study regarding the intake of caffeinated coffee and mortality from oral cancer.

Oral cancer: Are you at risk? Yes

Oral cancer: Are you at risk? Yes

People who drink over four cups of caffeinated coffee every day have around half the risk of dying from oral cancer compared to their counterparts who rarely or never drank coffee. The researchers said that active compounds, such as polyphenols, which are present in coffee, may help retard the development of certain cancers.

Coffee May Help Prevent Head and Neck Cancers

Breast creening in women with breast cancer risk

Breast creening in women with breast cancer risk

On top of lowering your risk for oral cancer, consuming more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day may be protecting you from other nasty diseases—like head and neck cancers. That’s according to the report, “Coffee and Tea Intake and Risk of Head and Neck Cancer: Pooled Analysis in the International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology Consortium,” which appeared in a 2010 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Coffee May Help Prevent Endometrial Cancer

The paper, “A Prospective Cohort Study of Coffee Consumption and Risk of Endometrial Cancer over a 26-Year Follow-Up,” published in a 2011 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, reported that long-term consumption of coffee may protect women against endometrial cancer.

The study spanned a 26-year period, 672 patients with endometrial cancer, and 67,470 women whose coffee intake was plotted against incidences of endometrial cancer. A 25-percent reduction in endometrial cancer risk is seen among those who drank more than four cups of coffee daily, while a seven-percent risk reduction was observed among those who consumed between two and three cups of coffee per day.

Coffee Can Stop Breast Cancer from Returning and Lower the Risk of Getting It

The paper, “Coffee prevents early events in tamoxifen-treated breast cancer patients and modulates hormone receptor status,” which appeared in a 2013 issue of the journal Cancer Causes & Control, showed that patients being treated with the breast cancer drug, Tamoxifen, and have been drinking two or more cups of coffee every day had lower risks for recurring breast cancer. The results were compared with other patients, who also took Tamoxifen but drank one cup or less of coffee. 

The scientists involved in the study were based in Lund University. They followed the progress of more than 600 patients with breast cancer for a five-year period on average.

A separate study made by researchers from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden uncovered that when comparing age-matched women, the incidence of breast cancer among coffee drinkers are lower than those who rarely drank the beverage.

So there. Drink your coffee for pleasure—and for good health.

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